Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transformational Leadership and Positive Psychological Capital in Radiology Leadership
by Dossa, Michelle L., Ph.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2016, 218; 10286594
Abstract (Summary)

Today’s healthcare industry is complex and challenging. Its leaders, including those in the allied health discipline of radiology, are charged with successfully navigating this complex environment full of change, uncertainty, and regulation, in order to provide high quality, cost-effective medical care. Researchers suggest that positive relationships exist among transformational leadership, positive psychological capital (PsyCap), and its four components of hope, optimism, resiliency, and self-efficacy, resulting in desirable attitudes and behaviors such as organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and citizenship. These desirable attitudes and behaviors result in more effective organizational performance. This research has been conducted in many industries including healthcare, however, radiology appears to be underrepresented. The purpose of this quantitative correlation study is to examine whether, and to what extent, a significant relationship exists between transformational leadership, psychological capital (PsyCap), and its four components in radiology leaders. Study participants included 68 members of a radiology leadership team and the team’s 650 direct reports in a large Midwest healthcare system. Data from self- and other-rater MLQ 5X Short and PCQ-24 instruments were analyzed using independent-samples t tests and Spearman’s rho correlation coefficients in order to test the study hypotheses. This research provides empirical data for a subset of leaders who have been previously underrepresented in this area of study. Radiology leaders and direct reports can use this research to better understand the constructs of transformational leadership, and positive psychological capital (PsyCap), and whether, and to what extent, relationships exist among these constructs. Future implications of this study include the ability to recruit, retain, and develop radiology leaders with the leadership characteristics and psychological capital resulting in effective organizational performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ludden, LaVerne L.
Commitee: Chmiel, Helen, Neal, Terry
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Medical imaging
Keywords: Healthcare industry, Multifactor leadership questionnaire, Psychological capital, Radiology, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 10286594
ISBN: 978-1-369-82261-8
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